An event on “Women empowerment day” was held at Indian Social Institute organised by National Association of the Deaf (NAD) on 8th March, 2016. Among the participants were 125 deaf women members/non-members and husbands of the married deaf women. The event was chaired by Women Secretary, Mrs. Geeta Sharma, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) followed by three sessions which included:-
- “Women Empowerment in India” by Ms. Sangeeta Singh, Ph.D Scholar, Delhi University Women Empowerment in India
The issues addressed during the session included:-
- Meaning of women empowerment
- Obstacles in empowering women in India
- Gender inequalities across the world
- Ways to empower women. The primary focus was to acquaint with the various hindrances that restrict the social and economic growth of women in Indian context. Focusing on the gender gap in literacy, emphasis was given on the causes that impede the education of a girl child. A short movie, “Nischay” was presented to highlight the ways by which women are abused in their day to day life. The later part of the movie illustrated need of the hour to raise their voice against violence. The speaker also put forward the various facts about the gender inequalities prevailing in the society globally. The key points were discussed on “How can we empower ourselves?” which included educational, social, psychological and health related aspects for the better development of a woman in the society. It was added by presenting stories about the true spirit of Indian women who achieved their goals irrespective of their socioeconomic and disability status and set themselves as role models in today’s society. The session was concluded by what a great personality, Swami Vivekanand said, “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved, It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing.”
- “Knowledge of Deaf Women” by Ms. Priya Reddy & Ms. Harpriti Reddy, Coordinator, The Deaf Way Foundation.
The participants were taken to Crafts Museum, New Delhi after the sessions were over. The purpose was fun for them to enjoy with each others at Crafts Museum, New Delhi.